Next November, Tate Britain will present over 100 remarkable works by Monet, Tissot, Pissarro and more Impressionist artists in the first large-scale exhibition to chart the stories of French artists who sought refuge in Britain during the Franco-Prussian War. Private collectors were solicited for the exhibition and as a result never-before-seen works will be included in this highly-anticipated exhibition.
Impressionists In London: French Artists In Exile (1870-1904) will be the “first exhibition to explore a key moment in British art history” said the curator Dr Caroline Corbeau-Parsons at a recent press conference. She has managed to bring together six Monet paintings of the Houses of Parliament loaned from significant museums across the US, France and Germany for the show. It will be the largest number of works from Monet’s series to be exhibited in Britain since 1973.
With over 100 works, it will chart the “human stories” of the French artists who sought refuge in Britain during the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71) and who explored London during their time in the capital: from Soho, to Kew Gardens and Crystal Palace where a plaque honouring Pissarro still exists today.
The final and largest section of the exhibition will be dedicated to representations of the Thames. A selection of André Derain’s paintings of London landmarks, which answer directly to Monet’s, will demonstrate the continuity of this motif in art history. The show will conclude with the Entente Cordiale – a formal pact of peace and unity between Britain and France – which, in the case of Monet in particular, coincided with the culmination of an artistic project which started in 1870. A rare moment for London.